Mild, wet and windy this morning and a fine chance to work some on the grass including Isla Pearl Fisher, Frankie’s Promise, The Bishop, Heilan Rebel, Massini’s Lady, Master Butcher and The Flaming Matron. Lorries are away and we will soon be following them back to Ayr today where we have five declared runners on ground that is soft but will probably get softer. Another Mattie (Lucy) reverts to hurdles in the 2.45, this is a tight handicap with a few potential improvers but his is fairly treated on his old hurdle form, 8 run.
The in the 3.20 Little Glenshee also reverts to hurdles after a disappointing run here at Ayr last time, it’s a bit of a gamble running her again so soon but she does seem well and has been 3rd in the the last two renewals of this race, Lucy rides and 8 run. In the 3.55 we run Wicklow Lad (Stephen) who loves Ayr and loves heavy ground, again we are taking a little bit of a chance running him so soon after the Eider but spring is road the corner so worth it whilst conditions are in his favour I hope, 9 run.
Jet Master (Lucy) returns to the racecourse in the 4.30 having been given plenty of time to get over an injury incurred when falling at Kelso in October, we are starting him back over hurdles as he is hopefully on a fair mark in this sphere, 9 run. Finally we run Benny’s Secret in the 5.05, 8 run and Lucy rides, he can hopefully build on the progress he showed when 6th in a similar race here a month ago.
A thoroughly satisfactory day at Ayr yesterday with Gold Opera and Buffalo Ballet both finishing 2nd at long odds, The Orange Rogue was a little outpaced dropped back in trip on the better ground and El Fontan raced with much more zest until lacking a turn of foot when they turned for home, hopefully more to come from all four. Point-to-pointing tomorrow with the veteran Back on the Road running in the Men’s Open with Jamie on board, Kit will also be there to ride a couple for Victor, sadly I will be absent, a long day in the office beckons prior to the annual pilgrimage….